House of Israel Never Returned
They did not return to Palestine
with the Jews in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, as some erroneously believe.
Those who returned to rebuild the temple and restore worship in Jerusalem at that time, 70 years after Judah's captivity, were only those of the House of Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried to Babylon.
Note well these facts.
1.In 721 BC Israel was "carried
away out of their own land to Assyria" (II Kings 17:1-23). They were soon all
completely. There was none left but the tribe of Judah only" (II Kings 17:18). Judah, only, remained. Then several years later‘Sennacherib, King of Assyria, came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.’ (II Kings 18:13)
..Only Jerusalem, Judah’s capital was spared. (II Kings 19: 32-34)
2.More than 130 years later,
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried the Jews (Judah) who only remained in
Promised Land away to Babylon. (II Kings25:1-21) So the House of Israel did not dwell in the Promised Land at the time of this captivity of Judah.
3.Those who returned to Palestine
to rebuild the temple and restore worship 70 years after Judah's captivity
all of the House of Judah, all Jews, all of those whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away. They returned again
"unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city" (Ezra 2:1). Only those of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and
Levi (only 18 Levities, one of whom was a priest of understanding. Ezra 8:18-20 (The remainder of the priesthood was made up of Kenites, i.e. the descendants of which Jesus was speaking to in John chapter 8), who constituted the house of Judah returned at that time (Ezra 1:5).
..."every one unto his city" Note: non of those cities, returned to, was in Israel, all returned ..."unto Jerusalem and Judea.
Consequently those in Jerusalem
in the time of Christ were of these three tribes, not of the House of Israel,
except for those few individuals of the other tribes who joined Judah for
religious reasons after the nation divided into two nations upon the death
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